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Former assistant sues Tom Sizemore for sexual harassment. She says the actor, soon to be sentenced for abusing ex-fiancee Heidi Fleiss, propositioned her daily

''Black Hawk Down'' star Tom Sizemore took the ''personal'' in ''personal assistant'' too literally. So says Paulina Briones, whom the actor hired as a personal assistant in July 2002, and who is now suing him on charges of harassment and sexual battery. According to the Associated Press, she filed suit on Friday, just three weeks after he was convicted of six misdemeanor counts of harassing, annoying, and abusing his former fiancée, one-time Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. Named as defendants in the suit are Sizemore and the makers of his short-lived series ''Robbery Homicide Division,'' including Bare Knuckles Productions (Sizemore's production company); production companies Forward Pass and Universal Television; and CBS, which aired the show.

According to AP, Briones' suit says her duties included the usual -- making sure he got to the set on time, answering phones, fetching soft drinks -- but the 41-year-old actor soon ''made his needs and true intentions apparent.'' She alleges he once greeted her at his home naked and repeatedly offered her $5,000 to perform a sex act with him. Eventually, she says, he was propositioning her daily and even asked her to ask her friends to have sex with him for money. She claims he also asked her to prepare dosages of methamphetamine and Vicodin for his use. Sizemore's lawyer has not commented on the suit or its allegations.

Sizemore is due to be sentenced in the Fleiss case on Oct. 2 He faces possible prison time of up to four years. There is another pending domestic violence case against him stemming from allegations made by another woman last winter. Meantime, he's free on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to shoot roles in two indie movies before he's sentenced.

Originally posted Sep 08, 2003
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